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Next Meeting (via Zoom)

Sunday, October 9, 2022, presentation from 1:30-3:30 PM PDT, Ask the Experts/Schmoozing Corner starts at 1:10 PM

"Why did our Jewish Ancestors leave a Great Place like the Pale?", Hal Bookbinder

Jews had lived in Western Russia (the Pale) for centuries. At the turn of the last, two million left. This talk discusses how the Pale came to be, life in it and why the mass migration occurred. It breaks its 120-year history into periods of creation, confinement, repression, enlightenment, pogroms and chaos. There is more to the story than the horrific violence at the turn of the 20th century.

Speaker: Hal Bookbinder is a retired information systems professional who continues to instruct at the university level. He has been actively researching his genealogy for more than three decades, identifying over 4,000 relatives and tracing two lines to the mid-1700s in modern Ukraine. He is a past president of the JGS of Los Angeles and of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. He and his wife, Marci, were raised in the Catskills of New York State before heading west, first to Colorado and then to Southern California.

[Hal Bookbinder photo]

Hal Bookbinder



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